8 Healthy Travel Meal and Snack Ideas

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Making one last trip to New York City was so incredibly worth all the hustling I had to do to make it happen.

I experienced new things, got a ton of work done and ate really good, healthy food.

The trip was short, sweet and incredibly amazing.

On Thursday, I walked from the top of Central Park (110 street) all the way to Times Square (42 street) and then back up again, got a manicure on fifth ave, grabbed a late lunch, sat in the park and stopped for a couple of fresh juices along the way.

I had my photo shoot on Friday with Peter Hurley – a super skillful, incredibly passionate headshot and portrait photographer. I can’t wait to share the images with you (!!) Gotta say, I felt pretty special throughout the whole experience.

… and then I came home.

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The last time I was in New York, I ate out a lot and didn’t feel so awesome when I got home. This time around, I made a point to keep it a healthy trip. I created a rough meal plan, cooked a lot of my own meals at the hostel, and made healthy choices ate every turn.

Woo to the hoo!

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Hardboiled Duck Eggs

I’d never had a duck egg before, but at $0.99 per, I couldn’t resist! I hardboiled a bunch of them the night I arrived into New York and had them with salads along the way.

On the left, with my Vegan Caesar Salad with sprouts, kale and fennel.

On the right, with my Roasted Cauliflower Salad and romaine.

Quick on-the-go Snacks

Roasted sweet potato wedges will last in the fridge for about 3 days and make a fabulous on-the-go snack with a couple slices of veggies or a sprinkle of hemp seeds. I found gluten-free 100% grass-fed beef jerky at Whole Foods that was pretty good, too.

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Portable Probiotics

There was no time for me to pick up a pack of travel-ready probiotics for this trip, so I relied on my trusty kombucha companion to load my body full of healthy bacteria while I was away.

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Fiber-filled Fruits

Eating fruit alone makes me cranky and hungrier than before I ate… so I like to pair my fruits with things like broken up vegan protein bars, sprouted buckwheat granola, hemp seeds or chia seeds.

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Baked Fish

I’m a bit of a fishaholic right now. Just can’t seem to get enough of it. The great thing about fish is that it thaws quickly, bakes quickly, and doesn’t need a lot of spices or extra flavors to be delicious. A perfect protein option for a girl on the go!

On the left, I had some baked cod with veggies and a couple of quinoa rice cakes. This meal was intentionally pretty bland to avoid digestive upsets before my shoot.

On the right is a tuna steak (the chicken of the sea) with roasted beets, onions and carrots.

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Healthy Eating Out Spots

Salads (dressing on the side), juices, smoothies, rice bowls, non-cream soups, are normally all great options.

It’s so easy to find healthy options in New York, wow. Some of my favorites are: Juice Generation, Blue Dog Cafe (picture on the right – thyme chicken salad),  One Lucky Duck, Cafe Blossom, and Angelica Kitchen.

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Nori Sandwich Wraps

I never go a week without making a couple batches of my Nori Sandwich Wraps. It’s a sandwich made in a nori sheet and rice paper roll. Fill them with whatever tickles your fancy. They’re light and travel really, really well.

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Protein Bars and Veggies

The best combo. Protein + green juice = healthy, glowing goodness!

Now, I’m dying to hear from you… because I just KNOW you have some healthy eating genius to share with all of us…

What healthy meal or snacks do you take with you on the go?

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  1. Ooh all such delicious eats! I have to say, mine are very much the same as yours. with the addition of raw veggies and hummus, and fruit. It looks like you had a great time and I can’t wait to see the photos from the shoot! I was thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed that it would stop raining so you could at least get some sunshine-y ones. I NEED to get myself to One Lucky Duck!

    • Ah, I have NO IDEA! But I’m not going to question it. Hardboiled eggs for the win.

  2. I usually take chia seeds, protein powder, nuts/travel-sized packet of nut butter and dried berries. You can make a simple chia pudding with all of that anywhere you go! That was my snack on my last plane trip along with an avocado.

    Your eats look amazing, you did a bang-up job! One day I’ll get to NYC, I’ve never been and I’m dying to go to One Lucky Duck and all the incredible restaurants I keep hearing about!

  3. What a great selection of healthy snacks and meals!
    I always have cooked garbanzo beans on hand. Sometimes, I roast them, but they’re so tasty I often eat them plain. I try to have some sort of homemade granola and roasted seeds. Lately, I’ve gotten in the habit of traveling with an avocado or two…great with smashed garbanzos on a rice tortilla!
    Next time you’re in the city, Hu Kitchen is a great place to eat as well.

  4. I need to think about this some more – my husband and I are going on a trip to Quebec soon (from AB)and my stomach doesn’t usually do well eating out a lot but If I bring some bars, granola, probiotics, etc., I’m sure that will help.

  5. looks like you had an amazing time and some amazing eats + drinks :D
    did you go to the MOMA and museum of natural history?! i took a art history 1960-present class last semester and i studied SO many of the pieces that are at MOMA – so freaking COOL!
    i hope you post more about NYC – i dream of going there one day so until then i will live vicariously through your posts :P
    can’t wait to see your photographs as well.

  6. Wow! Very good advice. This is really about organizing your time & thinking ahead to make sure you take of yourself. I agree, when on the go, I usually grab anything to suffice & then feel crappy afterward. The thyme chicken salad with cucumbers look so good. I am going to have to find the recipe for that one. Thank you for sharing as usual Leanne!

  7. Oh, Leanne! This all sounds so exotic and decadent and professional – NYC, Central Park, Fifth Ave., headshots, good eats… Ahhh… So much excitement!

    This is a perfectly timed post for me – my husband suggested yesterday that we go on a quick trip this weekend and I was quick to take him up on the idea because we haven’t been anywhere in quite a while. It’ll probably be just a couple hours up the road to Chattanooga (gonna see if we can do some amateur spelunking with our sons), but having our own, healthful food along with us will certainly save our stomachs AND our wallets. Think I’ll take a page from your book and work up a simple meal plan!

  8. I usually bring along avocados, a little travel spice shaker with all of my favourite spices (turmeric, sea salt, chili flakes, cumin, and cinnamon if you must know), and maybe some rice crackers if I’m feeling festive. I’ll eat avo mashed on just about anything. So delicious and filling but light at the same time!

  9. What a great list of on-the-go eats! We always have a bag of trail mix with us, no matter how short or long our trip is!

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